Title: Director of the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
Position Type: Full-Time, Contract
Start Date: December 1, 2017 – November 31, 2019
Location: Texas

The Opportunity
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy seeks a Director to manage all aspects of the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund (“Fund”) over a two-year period.

This person will act as the public spokesperson and manager for the Fund on a day-to-day basis. This person will liaise with local and national donors, and local and national relief and development organizations operating within the region. The Director will implement, monitor, and refine grantmaking strategies for the Fund, in collaboration with the Vice President, and communicate those strategies to Board, staff, nonprofit organizations, funders, and other organizations as necessary.

Ultimately, this person will work over the next two years to allocate monies raised in the aftermath of the storm to meet the medium- and long-term recovery needs of vulnerable affected populations.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Using existing CDP systems, create the processes that will guide grants management for the Fund;
  • Work with the CDP Communications Director to create collateral (digital and paper) that explain the Fund;
  • Identify, research, and reach out to organizations within the Harvey-affected region that have, or will likely, be critical to disaster response efforts;
  • Identify, research, and reach out to local and national foundations that have contributed to Harvey response and recovery efforts;
  • Establish relations with nonprofits and potential grantees in the region, provide oversight, grants management and follow up with grantees;
  • Represent CDP by attending meetings and site visits in Texas;
  • Represent CDP and the Fund to the public, community leaders, social service and community-based organizations, disaster experts, and colleagues in the field of philanthropy;
  • Manage grantee relationships and the implementation of program concepts;
  • Promote partnership and a culture of learning among grantees;
  • Oversee active grants, review grant reports, monitor and evaluate progress of grantees, and provide clear communications and guidance to grantees, applicants, and other interested parties;
  • Collaborate with the CDP communications team to ensure that impact stories are shared widely;
  • Manage all administrative functions relating to the Fund program and grantees; and,
  • In collaboration with the Vice President and President & CEO, develop methods and systems for analyzing grant impact and effectiveness so that the Fund can be a model for future disaster philanthropy.


  • Graduate degree in a related field preferred, bachelor’s degree required;
  • Minimum 5-7 years of related experience or a combination of equivalent experience and education;
  • Experience in the disaster management field, immediate response and/or long-term community recovery of a local or regional disaster;
  • Experience in grantmaking, a background in philanthropy and/or leadership experience in a nonprofit organization;
  • Demonstrated experience in taking a concept through its creation to launch and implementation phases;
  • Extremely strong attention to detail and a strong sense of personal responsibility for one’s work;
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and
  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • United States citizenship.


  • Mission-driven
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Ability to work independently
  • Team player
  • Deadline driven and detail oriented
  • Sense of humor
  • The desire and ability to travel extensively and experience in Texas

Travel may include up to 40% of the Director’s time.

The Program Officer will report to the Vice President and will work closely with the President & CEO. Qualified candidates should send cover letter and resume to: by November 1, 2017. Veterans and persons from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Organization
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) is an exciting venture that is changing the face of emergency-related grant-making, moving it from a reactive and emotion-driven response, to one focused on increasing the effectiveness of the private donor’s dollar for the good of affected communities worldwide. By providing donors with the tools they need to make decisions to support disaster preparedness, relief and recovery, CDP brings more private philanthropic money to disaster response efforts and channels those funds in an innovative and strategic manner. CDP offers three distinct services to donors: 1) Promotion of learning and information through a website and interactive portal, webinars and convenings; 2) mechanisms for pooling resources with a unique preparedness, risk reduction and recovery focus; and 3) custom consulting services to help donors be more strategic in their giving.